soccer coach Danny Skelton approached Joe Glos before the Gators’ 2009 matchup with highly-ranked Calvert Hall. He told his star forward he was relying on him to "carry the team through."
As he often did during major games, Glos responded by scoring two goals and assisting on another as he led the Gators to a dominant 5-2 victory against the talented Cardinals, at that point ranked the fourth-best team in the state.
"He’s without a doubt a big game player," Skelton said. "He did that kind of stuff a lot in big games. He always seemed to rise to the occasion."
Yet, it wasn’t just big games where Glos shined.
The 2011 Perry Hall High School graduate, who plans to attend and play soccer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall, scored more than 50 goals during his Gators career, including 14 as a junior and 13 as a senior. A four-year starter, Glos guided Perry Hall to a 63-11 record during his high school career and was a part of the Gators’ regional championships in both 2008 and 2009, his freshman and sophomore seasons. He also earned first-team All-County and first-team All-State honors as both as a junior and as a senior.
"He’s one of those kids that comes along very rarely at the high school level," Skelton said. "Even at tryouts his freshman year, I knew he was going to be something special. He was impressive even at a young age, and then just grew, got better and better and became more and more of a force on the field. He’s one of those kids that, every time he stepped on the field, could change the game at any moment."
Before deciding to play college soccer at UMBC, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Glos had received scholarship offers from numerous different schools, including George Mason University, High Point University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Towson University.
He said, however, UMBC "just felt right."
Glos, who started playing soccer when he was 6 years old, played for several teams throughout elementary and middle school, including the Perry Hall Lightning, before joining Crystal Palace Football Club as a freshman at Perry Hall, Maryland Football Club during his sophomore year and the Baltimore Bays as a junior. He has played for the Bays since, recently helping their U-17/18 Chelsea team finish in fifth place during a national tournament in July.
Once returning from the tournament, Glos began practicing with other members of UMBC’s team in preparation for the season, having worked with them Monday through Thursday for each of the last three weeks. He also runs long distances regularly to improve his conditioning, along with fellow 2011 PHHS grad Nick Liberto, who will also be playing for UMBC in the fall.
“I just can’t wait for the season to start,” Glos said. “I’m excited. I just can’t wait.”
Perry Hall, however, is now forced to move on without its four-year offensive stalwart, something Skelton says won’t be easy to do. Skelton left the team in April to become the new head coach at St. Paul’s High School. He will be replaced by former UMBC standout Pete Eibner, who became an assistant coach for the Retrievers.
Including Glos, the Gators lose five starters from last year’s team that finished 15-3. Skelton, however, says it will be particularly difficult for Perry Hall to replace Glos.
“He’s probably never going to be replaced. Perry Hall may never have another Joe Glos, but I know they will do their best to fill the hole that he leaves, although it will take multiple players to replace the scoring load he provided," Skelton said.